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Old 09-20-2008, 02:35 PM
 
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"Almost a decade ago, 1997, the world exceeded its ecological carrying capacity by 39 percent or more than 2.3 billion people. If the world’s average Footprint at the time were the goal, the result would be that the world could support roughly 3.5 billion inhabitants. The UN currently projects the world’s population at 2050 to be between nine and ten billion. In order for that population to be sustainable, the highest average possible living standard would be a Footprint of approximately 0.8, about today’s living standard and Footprint of profoundly unfortunate Ethiopia."

This from 'A Sustainable U.S. Population: When?' by Dell Erickson:
The Social Contract - A Sustainable U.S. Population: When?

Or consider, from the same source:
"Land use and development decisions are being driven by population pressures. Most of the original U.S. wetlands have been drained and turned into farmland or have been developed and those that remain are under unrelenting pressure. Already rivers and lakes are overused and groundwater use exceeds recharge by 25 percent, with a critical situation in the southwest states. United States population growth results in an annual loss of approximately three million acres of natural areas and farmland. Most of the original U.S. mixed species (old growth) forests have been logged and only small parcels remain—in museum-like fashion. Only miniscule remnants of native tall grass prairies have not met the fate of the plow or livestock ranching."

In other words, recommended reading.

I guarantee you, from personal experience, the world is much closer to the cusp than you may imagine.
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Old 09-21-2008, 07:15 PM
 
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I agree that a massive population crash is in the offing, probably within the lifetimes of current living Americans. The only question is which causal factors will begin the process. One can pick from the age-old list--famine, pestilence, war. Likely, it will be combination of all of them--probably one cause exacerbating the next. It will likely also be uneven, with some geographical areas suffering disproportionately. Sadly, when the process begins in earnest, I don't think there is a religious, political or economic system anywhere in the world that will be up to the challenges such a catastrophe will precipitate. It will be every person for him or herself, and survival of the fittest.

At best, there will be much smaller and likely much scarred population left in the aftermath--living a life so completely different from ours as to be nearly unrecognizable. At worst, we may prove those right who have postulated that the human race--for all of its supposed intellect--would breed itself to extinction.
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Old 09-21-2008, 07:23 PM
 
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who wrote that tidbit, God?
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